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  •  I personally like the Adobe Creative Cloud... (3+ / 0-)

    I get the education discount of $29.99 per month, so that probably has a lot to do with it.   But for $360 per year, I get access to everything Adobe makes.  I use Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign a lot, but I'm now starting to branch out into video, audio and website production as I'm being dragged kicking and screaming into the world of convergence or "backpack" journalism (I'm definitely an old school print guy and have no appreciation for people who can't read an article without pictures, video, slideshows or interactive infographics).   So now, for the same price, not only do I have the three packages I use most of all, but as I learn new technologies to do more multimedia stuff, I can just install the software for that as I need it with no additional cost.  

    $360 per year isn't cheap, and it would be twice that if I didn't have association with a university, but the other way to look at it is that I never have to go through the expense of upgrading.  Right now, I have software on my computer that would have cost $1500 if I bought them individually, and I won't have to cough up another $500 to upgrade one when a new version comes out in 9 months.  Upgrades are included in my subscription.

    So, I think for very expensive software, these subscription type services actually can be a better deal if you use it everyday as part of your job.  But I will agree that for something as pedestrian as a word processor/spreadsheet, it may not be such a good idea.        

    •  Same here - I love the Adobe subscription model. (1+ / 0-)
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      I moved my stuff over as soon as it became available, and was quite pleased that the CS6 upgrade allowed me to keep the previous 5.5 Production Premium suite installed (because some things still work better on the earlier versions).

      Sadly, they completely dropped the ball on the help system "upgrade".  Hard to believe a company otherwise so smart could pull a boneheaded stunt like that.


      Remember: the same Defense Department that was apparently caught completely off-guard by sequestration is the same Defense Department that's responsible for America's defense.

      by here4tehbeer on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 03:59:22 PM PST

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      •  For me it's been a Godsend... (1+ / 0-)
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        here4tehbeer I learn new skills.  I don't have to pay hundreds of dollars for new software.  I just click and download and it's right there, no extra cost above my subscription fee.  Then I can go through my tutorial videos and give it a try.  

        If it doesn't work out and I decide to not use it, I can delete it without any reservations over the fact I paid $XYZ for it, cause I didn't.  

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